Why Printed Books Will Never Die April 11, 2014 Alison Taylor People who need to possess the physical copy of a book, not merely an electronic version, believe that the objects themselves are sacred. Some people may find this attitude baffling, arguing that books are merely objects that take up space. This is true, but so are Prague and your kids and the Sistine Chapel. — Joe Queenan, Wall Street Journal Wondering if you should publish your family history as an e-book or a real book? Why not both? Here's a great article that talks about our never-ending love affair with the printed book. Do you view some books as sacred objects? I do.